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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Flags at half staff until sunset on Friday, September 30th, in honor of the former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. Old Congress Days Parade - Saturday, October 1 - 9AM. Monthly Meeting - October 8 - at Dillon's. Navy Ball - October 8 - 5:30PM.
September USS Phoenix photos

USS Phoenix Re-Christened
Perch Base displayed the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float at the USS Phoenix Welcome Home and Re-Christening Ceremony on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to celebrate the arrival of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) sail, planes and rudder, and to provide thanks and recognition to many people that were instrumental in bringing the USS Phoenix home.
View more details and pictures HERE.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

USS Tang model

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial Foundation is sponsoring a Fall Festival fund raising project and you are invited and encouraged to participate.
You may win this 34" wood carving of the USS Tang SS-306, carved from American Walnut, a $350.00 value, or several other prizes. Click HERE to view the flyer.

USS Grayling

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
73 years ago, on Sept. 9, 1943, the USS Grayling (SS-209), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
No recorded Japanese attacks could have sunk Grayling. Grayling was on her 8th war patrol and sank two ships before being lost. Her loss may have been operational or by an unrecorded attack. The only certainty, therefore, is that Grayling was lost between 9 September and 12 September 1943 either in Lingayen Gulf or along the approaches to Manila. ComTaskFor71 requested a transmission from Grayling on 12 September, but did not receive one.
76 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USSVI 2016 National Convention Photos

2016 USSVI National Convention
Twenty-nine Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) and wives went to the 2016 USSVI National Convention held from August 14 through 20, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, hosted by Corvina Base.
Chuck Emmett received a Robert Link Award. Perch Base received a Golden Anchor Award. Howard Doyle and Keith Post both received Silver Anchor Awards. Bravo Zulu to all.
View more pictures HERE.

George Crider


Perch Base Life Member George Crider, STCS(SS) (ret) took a fall and was hospitalized. George has improved and was moved out of ICU to a hospital room and then to an acute care center for rehabilitation therapy. He has been moved again to another rehab facility near Arrowhead Mall. He is in room 310 (changed as of 9/15/16) at the Center at Arrowhead, 7201 W Camino San Xavier Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308 and based on another fall during the past week, there is no specific date to return home yet.

George joined Perch Base 16 years ago and is also a Holland Club Member, having qualified on the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) in 1960. He also was selected "Shipmate of the Year" at our 2015 Annual Awards Banquet.

Please keep George in your thoughts and prayers.

Davy Jones Quilt of Valor photos

Davy Jones awarded
Quilt of Valor

Perch Base members Don Unser and Richard Kunze conducted a ceremony to award Life Member Davy Jones a Quilt of Valor on August 13, 2016.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This quilt, titled "Anchors Aweigh," was pieced and quilted by Ms. Helen Choma, mother-in-law of our former member Steve Leon who moved out of the area, but still remembers and appreciates Davy.
View more pictures HERE.

August USS Phoenix photos

USS Phoenix is here!
Perch Base member DeWayne Lober was present for the arrival of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) sail and planes at the Papago Park Military Reservation on August 12, 2016. The parts were shipped from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on four trucks.
A Welcoming Ceremony open to the public is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Papago Park Military Reservation. Invited speakers include Governor Doug Ducey, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
View more pictures HERE.

USS Cochino

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
67 years ago, on Aug. 26, 1949, the USS Cochino (SS-345), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
On 18 July 1949, Cochino put to sea for a cruise to Britain, and arctic operations. Her group ran through a violent polar gale off Norway, and the joltings received by Cochino played their part on 25 August in causing an electrical fire and battery explosion, followed by the generation of both hydrogen and chlorine gases. Defying the most unfavorable possible weather conditions, the commander of the Cochino, and his men fought for 14 hours to save the submarine, but a second battery explosion on 26 August made "Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank. *The USS Tusk's rescued all of Cochino's men except for Robert Wellington Philo, a civilian engineer. Six sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue.
* 7 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

2016 Prescott Parade

Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on July 2nd, 2016, for the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
View more parade pictures HERE.

Dan Moss

Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Chairman and Perch Base member Dan Moss was interviewed on KFNX Radio 1100 AM by radio host Mike “Shoe Shine” Gebhart about the Memorial.
Listen to interview HERE and visit the ASSM Website.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

Governor Ducey, in coordination with the Presidential Proclamation, has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately in honor of the former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. Flags should be raised at sunset on Friday, September 30th.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.